Bassist-composer Kelly McCarty is proud to announce the arrival of A Periapsis Suite, his second release on 72 Offsuit Records. The project, which took over 3 years to develop, will hit the shelves on March 10th, 2014.
A Periapsis Suite finds McCarty on acoustic bass (instead of Charlie Hunter 8-string) and in a radically different place than where he was for his 2012 release, RouxSteady. This newest endeavor is an electric, trumpet-centric record that gives the listener flavors of Dave Douglas and Erik Truffaz instead of McCarty’s usual bouncy groove. McCarty comments, "This album is much more dramatic and gargantuan in scope." He adds, "The end result is a piece that is its own little universe where the listeners find themselves drifting through fusion, drum & bass, swing, etc. It's a cross-section of the last forty years of music.”
When McCarty is prompted to explain his take on what an actual periapsis is, one can definitely get a feel for the sheer magnitude of this five-movement work: "The literal definition of a periapsis is when two celestial bodies are at their closest point in orbit. It makes you wonder what effect that energy transfer would have on anyone living on that planet. For me, this kind of theatrical episode started to play out where you see this cycle of a civilization being in turmoil, then falling into a sort of Utopian state, and back out again (in conjunction with the periapsis)."
While that sounds like a lofty sentiment to tackle, even a "quick" listen to the relatively short 28-minute suite gives the listener a deep appreciation for the maturity of these four musicians (McCarty, bass; Alphonso Horne, trumpet; Joshua Bowlus, Fender Rhodes; Matt Leifer, drums), all of whom are under 30. Each player has enough creative space to offer his own unique voice to the narrative, leaving the listener with a balanced conversation that is neither overwritten nor overwhelming.
With Horne finishing up his masters degree at Juilliard, and Bowlus and Leifer already established as top-call players in Jacksonville and Kansas City respectively, listeners can be glad that this cross-country session happened to line up schedule-wise. A Periapsis Suite provides an audio journey that delivers in scope and feeling. McCarty concludes, "I really wanted to give people something expansive that they could focus on and escape with. I think what came out of this session really achieves that."
About Kelly McCarty:
Kelly McCarty is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Wayne Goins. While earning his BM in Music Theory and Composition, he was fortunate enough to perform on tours throughout the South Pacific in 2006 and South America in 2007. Upon completion of his degree, McCarty was subsequently hired by KSU to serve as their Adjunct Professor of Jazz Bass.
In the fall of 2009, McCarty migrated to Florida State University to pursue an MM in Jazz Studies under renowned bassist Rodney Jordan. Among the highlights of his time at FSU were playing opportunities with Jimmy Cobb, Danny Gottlieb, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Ron McCurdy, Leon Anderson, and Longineau Parsons.
Building on a busy 2012-2013 with releases from Steve Scholz, Alex Ariff, Canadian vocalist Valerie Bouchard, plus his own 8-string trio’s RouxSteady, McCarty is now slated to release A Periapsis Suite, a five-movement work released on 72 Offsuit Records.